Fidel's Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro

Fidel's Ethics of Violence: The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro

By: Dayan Jayatilleka (author)Paperback

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Fidel Castro's most original contribution to revolutionary and radical thought has been his development of an explicit ethical position on one of the most controversial issues of our time: violence. This book explores the evolution of Castro's political thinking - and in particular how he philosophically reconciles violence, political power and morality. This book makes a timely intervention into the question of Castro's historical role and contribution. The author argues that Castro's doctrine of armed struggle is the logical development of his idea of the ethical liberation fighter. At its core is an unremitting emphasis on the ethical use of violence.

About Author

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is a political analyst and commentator, and a former underground revolutionary activist. He is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and also served at Sri Lankan Ambassador to France. He is the author of Fidel's Ethics of Violence (Pluto, 2007).


Dedication Acknowledgment Preface PART I: BACKGROUND 1. The Ethics of Violence 2. Comparative Historical Perspective PART II : HISTORY OF FIDELISMO AS ETHOS 3. Evolution of Castro's Ethics of Liberation 4. Defending the Revolutionary Regime PART III: ANALYSIS 5. The Moral High Ground PART IV: REFLECTIONS AND CONCLUSION 6. The Achievement of Synthesis 7. The Contemporary Relevance of Castro Conclusion A Personal Postscript Notes Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780745326962
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780745326962
  • ISBN10: 074532696X

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